Institution and Location

Regions Hospital opens an expanded Emergency Center on July 15, 2009. The facility currently is comprised of 50,000 square feet of clinical space with 55 treatment rooms. An additional 8,000 square feet houses a newly updated resident room, library, conference space and administrative offices. There are two conference rooms used for educational conferences and meetings.

Residents also spend time at other Twin Cities’ hospitals for a well rounded experience
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Emergency Department Statistics:

   Approximately 79,400 patient visits per year

   9.5% of patients are age 16 or under

   9.5% behavioral health patients

   Approximately 3550 trauma admissions and more than
730 trauma team activations each year

   24% admission rate

   55% of all hospital admissions come from the ED




  • Full-time faculty supervision 24 hours per day; triple coverage by faculty 16 hours a day
  • Three Emergency Medicine residents are assigned to the Emergency Department 24 hours a day
  • PGY-1 and 2 residents from Medicine, Med/Peds, and OB rotate to the ED each month
  • Physician Assistants present during most shifts
  • Nursing staff includes RNs, emergency room technicians, paramedics and clerks

Resident Facilities:

Residents have access to a great deal of resources on the Regions campus.

Library: The residents have a large office space for personal work and socializing during down-time.  Also, there is a library within the departmental offices, equipped with journals, audio and video media, TV, VCR, DVD Player, and computers.  Access is available 24/7.

Hospital Library: The Regions Hospital Medical Library is available for an extensive journal selection, more computer access, study space, and research librarians with inter-library loan access.  Access to this facility is also 24/7.  The Bio-Medical Library (Diehl Hall) on the University of Minnesota campus is also available to residents. We have daily inter-library loan service with the Bio-Medical Library.

HealthPartners Institute

The Regions Emergency Medicine Residency is sponsored by the HealthPartners Institute. The Institute is the clinical learning arm of HealthPartners and consists of the Office for Health Professional Education, which administers residencies at Regions Hospital, HealthPartners Clinical Simulation and Regions Hospital Medical Library. The vice president of the Institute and Health Professional Education is Felix Ankel, MD, former program director for the Emergency Medicine Residency. The executive director of Health Professional Education is Kelly Frisch, MD, who is also the Regions Hospital designated institution official.

Regions Hospital ED

The Regions Hospital Emergency Center is a Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center located in St. Paul, MN, serving the east metropolitan Twin Cities area, including western Wisconsin. The emergency department (ED) is comprised of 50,000 square feet of clinical space with 55 treatment rooms. An additional 8,000 square feet houses the resident room, library, conference space and administrative offices.

The emergency department includes private rooms, in-department radiology suite, discharge pharmacy, waiting room and triage area, employee lounge and locker room, and five care areas (pods), including an 11-bed care pod for our crisis/behavioral health patients.

Emergency Center figures for 2017:

  • 87,700 patient visits
  • 6.2% pediatric patients (< 16)
  • 8.9% mental health patients
  • 3955 trauma admissions
  • 700 trauma team activations
  • 24% admission rate
  • 55% of all hospital admissions come from the ED

2017 Focused work:

  • Improving the care of the mental health patient in the ED
  • Falls prevention & delirium
  • Improving CT turnaround time
  • Just Culture/Culture of Patient Safety
  • Core Measures (STEMI, CAP, Stroke, Sepsis)
  • Staff Safety and Workplace Violence Protocols; Staff Resiliency
  • Staff resiliency room
  • Refining our flow processes and escalation protocols
  • Patient Experience training and coaching

Department Head Update

Regions hospital plays a critical role in providing emergency care throughout the Twin Cities greater metro and western Wisconsin communities. The number of patients choosing Regions for emergency medical care is increasing and we are prepared. The emergency department’s vision to be a center of excellence for high quality affordable emergency care and a center of education and research excellence is the focus of department goals. With this vision in mind, our goals focus around ultrasound education, patient satisfaction, introducing a split flow emergency department, changes in the model of care of our psychiatric patients and designing a new ambulance arrival center.

Our emergency residents play critical roles in development of hospital and department quality and patient safety projects. Highlights are a hospital wide point of care ultrasound education program, treatment of sepsis patients using alerts and reviewing ordering patterns, instituting a prehospital EMS direct to CT scanner protocol that is seeing record arrival to clot buster results, reviewing best practice and instituting a safe hand-over process, and operationalizing an educational workshop for the entire department supporting the best patient experience.

The emergency medicine department at Regions is built on relationships of trust and confidence. I look forward to continued opportunities to engage, lead, and sustain the changes needed in the emergency healthcare system to benefit the health of the community we serve.

Kurt Isenberger, MD

Participating Institutions

Childrens Hospitals & Clinics

St Paul Children's HospitalChildren’s Hospital – St. Paul is a 116-bed acute care pediatric hospital. There are approximately 32,500 annual visits to the emergency department. The hospital trains residents in pediatrics, family practice, emergency medicine as well as other specialties.

Children’s Hospital – Minneapolis is a 163 bed acute care pediatric hospital with an active emergency department. The hospital trains residents in pediatrics, family practice, emergency medicine as well as other specialties.

Emergency medicine residents have three four-week rotations at Children’s Hospital. First years spend 4 weeks at Children’s Hospital Minneapolis. Second and Third year residents spend 4 weeks at Children’s hospital St. Paul.

Children’s Hospital St. Paul Emergency Department has seven full-time pediatric emergency physicians who supervise residents. Residents see all pediatric emergency department patients under supervision of the pediatric emergency medicine attendings.

North Memorial Medical Center

North MemorialNorth Memorial Health Care is a 379 bed community hospital and regional trauma center in the northwestern quadrant of the Twin Cities.  Twenty staff emergency physicians care for over 50,000 emergency patients annually.  All are residency trained and board certified in emergency medicine. Some also have training or board certification in family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, and toxicology. The hospital trains residents in family practice, emergency medicine, and surgery.  North Memorial also operates one of the largest air and ground ambulance services in the midwest.  Residents under staff supervision will see an excellent variety of adult and pediatric, medical and traumatic emergencies.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Abbott Northwestern

Abbott Northwestern Hospital is the largest not-for-profit hospital in the Twin Cities area. Each year, the hospital provides comprehensive health care for more than 200,000 patients and their families from the Twin Cities area and throughout the Upper Midwest. More than 5,000 employees, 1,600 physicians and 550 volunteers work as a team for the benefit of each patient served.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital is a part of Allina Hospitals & Clinics, a family of hospitals, clinics and care services in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.

The Emergency Department provides rapid, holistic assessment and diagnostic services, including treatment initiation and facilitation of aftercare for patients with medical and surgical illness and traumatic injuries

University of Minnesota Medical Center


The University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview offers a full range of emergency services ranging from minor injuries to life-saving care. Specialty areas include: behavioral emergency, heart and vascular care, obstetrics, trauma, and stroke. Our physicians are experienced and highly trained in emergency medicine providing exceptional care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

St. John’s Hospital

St. John's

From minor illnesses to life threatening conditions, the Emergency Care Center at St. John’s Hospital is prepared to care for you. We staff physicians, nurses and other professionals who are specially trained in emergency medicine. Our expert medical team cares for more than 39,000 patients every year.

St. Joseph’s Hospital

St. Joe's

The Emergency Care Center at St. Joseph’s is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our experienced staff is here to care for you and your family any time there’s an emergency.

Our doctors, nurses and technicians are skilled in treating seriously ill and injured patients and they will provide the best care for your needs.

United Hospital


Staffed by board-certified emergency physicians, United’s Emergency Department provides 24-hour emergency care through trauma stabilization rooms and emergency treatment areas within United’s Emergency Department. In addition, a fully equipped helicopter landing pad allows United to receive emergency patients by air.